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obama or anyone else inside. they simply stood silently in a show of support. diane? >> and again the president quoting a poem that boston is not a place, it is a state of grace. thanks so much, linsey davis from boston for us tonight. >>> now we turn from boston to the other american region in crisis, reeling tonight and asking the nation's prayers after a massive and mysterious explosion at a fertilizer plant. the image caught on tape. the air thick with the smell of ammonia. volunteer firefighters overwhelmed. the blast had the ferocity of a 2.1 earthquake and the thunderous shock could be heard 45 miles away. tonight, the small towe waco, called west, has been flattened. abc's steve osunsami has been there through the night. >> reporter: their moment of crisis for families in a small town of west, texas, came at 7:29 p.m., with a fire raging at their giant fertilizer depot. >> everybody needs to get away from there. back all trucks away from the plant. >> reporter: a small team of firefighters answering the call, worried the whole thing could blow. then at 7:53, the sound no o
to be terrorized. >> reporter: when president obama asked us to stay vigilant in the wake of the attacks, he may not have foreseen this. bomb-sniffing dogs and robots working overtime. americans seeing something and saying something in droves. >> you feel safer by seeing it but brings it to the forefront of what could happen. >> reporter: a rash of suspicious packages called in to 911 tuesday. >> they located an abandoned box in the trash can that's suspicious in nature. it has wires coming out of it. >> reporter: a bomb-sniffing dog took out this hair dryer. in new jersey, an unattended bag shut down the pat train. police in new york city fielded 77 such reports in less than 24 hours, three times the norm. >> it would be easier if we just did pay attention, but if yesterday doesn't refresh your memory, i don't know what would. >> reporter: the epicenter of the jitters quite justifiably boston, where streets this morning are filled with armored vehicles, heavily armed cops and the national guard. at logan airport officials removed all passengers from a u.s. air flight because of concerns over a
have been charged with crimes, would not be eligible. >>> president obama will host south korea's newly elected first female president at the white house next month. they will observe the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the u.s. and south korea. also high on their agenda, efforts to counter the nuclear threat posed by north korea. >>> in venezuela, demand for a recount in the presidential election. ballots were ignored leading to an anti-government protest. the election results were certified. the winner by a razor thin margin less than one percentage point hand-picked by president late hugo chavez to carry on the separatist union. >>> following the boston bombings, scotland yard is beefing up the already extraordinary security measures they already put in place for margaret thatcher's funeral tomorrow. hundreds of military troops will be visible along the procession route through the streets of london. and with so many dignitaries that are expected to attend shortstops, including queen elizabeth and former prime minister, scotland yard is fine tuning its behind the scenes secu
area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> investigators searching for clues as to who is behind the bombings all night long and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here and he's been reporting on it all night. brian? >> reporter: well, good morning, george. there is a killer at large. and with no one in custody, and no sense that there might be more terror attacks coming, the search for the people behind this is -- could not be more urgent. overnight a tip about possible explosives led federal agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston suburb of revere. agents later told residents there was nothing to worry about. but the quick law enforcement response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> the maker of the device intended for the device to go off simultaneously, and he had absolutely no regard for, you know, women, children, runners, innocent people. [ sirens ] >> rep
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